There was good news for home buyers and sellers today as Ruth Kelly offered fresh reassurance over the Government's commitment to Home Information Packs (HIPs).
There was good news for home buyers and sellers today as Ruth Kelly offered fresh reassurance over the government commitment to Home Information Packs (HIPs). The new HIPs were supposed to be a legal requirement for anyone selling a home from the 1st of June but the government delayed introducing the packs until August.
The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) welcomed today’s news as a step forward in ensuring that HIPs are successful when introduced for four bedroom properties on 1st August. Mike Ockenden, director general of AHIPP, says “Ruth Kelly has today provided much needed clarity for consumers, the HIP industry and energy assessors and she has reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to the future of HIPs.
AHIPP members were disappointed when Kelly first announced the delay on 22nd May as they hope HIPs will take some stress out of the home buying process.
The government also released further details regarding the phased implementation of HIPs, including a trigger mechanism which will make it clear when HIPs are required for properties with three bedrooms or less. Financial incentives will also form part of the scheme to encourage home owners to obtain their HIP before 1st August, and the government also released a detailed list of energy assessors.
However, the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has criticised the phased system of integration and says it will create “total chaos” for HIPs. As an energy assessor awarding body, the NAEA is supportive of the Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) which form part of the HIPs scheme, but are concerned that the integration of HIPs and EPCs is leading to confusion.
Peter Bolton, chief executive of the NAEA, says “EPCs do not need to be dealt with as part of HIPs. Extracting them from the Pack legislation would satisfy the green agenda and make the whole process easier.”
The NAEA warned the government of the problems that would be faced with training enough domestic energy assessors and is disappointed that the government has left those who are already qualified in a difficult situation.
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